Instant Pot Beef Stew

  • 10MINS
  • 1HR
  • 513KCAL

Although this Instant Pot Beef Stew might fall into the winter comfort food category, it can be enjoyed all year round, whatever the weather.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories513
  • Carbs20g
  • Protein48g
  • Fat26g
  • Saturates10g
  • Sugars7g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Stew is the ultimate winter comfort food, and with the winter weather often lasting well into April here in the UK, that’s plenty of opportunity to make the most of a good stew recipe!

This Instant Pot Beef Stew makes use of a great piece of equipment for your kitchen – the Instant Pot – which ensures that the beef in this recipe comes out really tender and delicious. It cooks everything perfectly (even the veg) in just 35-40 minutes, giving you more time to sit back and relax on those chilly winter nights.

This recipe is perfect for making in batches and freezing for a quick-fix when you’re in need of something filling and warming.

If you are feeling a little indulgent, why not pour a small glass of red wine into the stew or add a red wine stock pot? It really enhances the flavour and makes it super special!

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, then you can also cook this Instant Pot Beef Stew in the oven or in a slow cooker too!

What diets is this Instant Pot Beef Stew suitable for?

This Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can also be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free alternatives;

  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Beef Stock

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe?

  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Instant Pot Beef Stew?

This Instant Pot Beef Stew is super simple and doesn’t require any special ingredients!

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How many calories are in this Instant Pot Beef Stew?

There are 513 calories per portion in this Instant Pot Beef Stew, which means it falls into our Special Occasion category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Instant Pot Beef Stew is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Turn your Instant Pot onto ‘Saute’, spray some low calorie cooking spray into it and add the beef.

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Step 2

Saute until the meat is no longer pink, then toss in all the veg. Don’t worry if the steak browns on the bottom, just keep stirring.

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Step 3

Add in the beef stock, spices and seasoning.

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Step 4

When it starts to bubble then place the lid on your Instant Pot – make sure it locks and press ‘Stew/Meat’. Make sure the steam valve is closed and let it cook for 35 minutes as indicated by the timer.

Step 5

Once cooking is complete, your Instant Pot should automatically switch over to warm. Leave the steam valve on natural release for 20 minutes.

Step 6

Open the lid and if the stew isn’t thick enough then you can add some instant mash. We don’t find it needs thickening, but it is an option!

Step 7

Add more salt if needed and keep warm until you’re ready to serve.

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What could I serve with this Instant Pot Beef Stew?

This Instant Pot Beef Stew works really well when served with any of the following accompaniments:

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How do you know when this Instant Pot Beef Stew is cooked?

Once cooking is complete, your Instant Pot should automatically switch over to warm. Leave the steam valve on natural release for 20 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep this Instant Pot Beef Stew in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it while it’s still hot.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Beef Stew in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Instant Pot Beef Stew?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat this Instant Pot Beef Stew?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Defrost thoroughly, then as above. Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

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Instant Pot Beef Stew

Although this Instant Pot Beef Stew might fall into the winter comfort food category, it can be enjoyed all year round, whatever the weather.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    1 HR
  • WW
    6 Smart
    Points
  • KCals 513
  • Carbs 20G
  • WW Points:
  • 6 Green
  • 6 Blue
  • 4 Purple

Ingredients

  • 1 kg stewing steak all fat removed and diced
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 large courgette chopped
  • 4 large potatoes chopped into chunks
  • 4 large carrots chopped
  • 500 ml beef stock made with 500ml or 2 cups water and two beef stock cubes
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small swede chopped
  • 1 large leek chopped
  • 1 stick celery chopped

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Instructions

  1. Turn your Instant Pot onto 'Sauté', spray some low calorie cooking spray into it and add the beef.
  2. Sauté until the meat is no longer pink, then toss in all the veg. Don't worry if the steak browns on the bottom, just keep stirring.
  3. Add in the beef stock, spices and seasoning.
  4. When it starts to bubble then place the lid on your Instant Pot - make sure it locks and press 'Stew/Meat'. Make sure the steam valve is closed and let it cook for 35 minutes as indicated by the timer.
  5. Once cooking is complete, your Instant Pot should automatically switch over to warm. Leave the steam valve on natural release for 20 minutes.
  6. Turn the valve to venting and once pressure has released open the lid. If the stew isn't thick enough then you can add some instant mash. We don't find it needs thickening, but it is an option!
  7. Add more salt if needed and keep warm until you're ready to serve.

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16 comments

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Nicky ChristoforouTuesday 2nd February 2021

If I cook this in a ninja foodie on pressure cook function will it take the same amount of time as the instant pot? What temperature setting would I use?

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    LisaTuesday 2nd February 2021

    Hi Nicky, we’ve not done this in a Ninja. You could you the Instant Pot recipe as a guide, and refer to the Ninja manual for more info.

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Yvonne FinniganSunday 1st September 2019

That was amazing! I didn’t have Swede or courgette or celery but used up a red pepper I had lying in the fridge and added extra leek. I hey fresh beetroot would be great in this! Thanks for the great recipe. What did we do before Instant Pot?!

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    Emma TThursday 19th September 2019

    Hi Yvonne,

    Sounds delish! So glad you enjoyed it! ????

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KimTuesday 13th August 2019

Hi how long does this take in a slow cooker or in the oven?

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    Emma TMonday 23rd September 2019

    Hi Kim,

    This would take around 6-7 hours on low in a slow cooker, or 2-3 hours in an moderate oven.

    Hope that helps!

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KellyThursday 7th March 2019

Hi, I have halved the recipe but 250ml of water doesnt seem enough in my slow cooker?
Kelly xx

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Angela O'LooneyTuesday 27th February 2018

Thsi stew was probably the best I’ve ever tasted. I did it in the slow cooker and although there are only 3 in my house, there’s enough for another 3 servings. I particularly loved that I put speed in and it only added more taste. I used a low sugar tin of baked beans instead of butter beans. And Candarell granulated sugar for the balsamic paste. However, I will make this stew a regular in my house. It’s ideal for slow cooking and kids will love it with the tomatoey taste.

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Clare WhiteTuesday 20th February 2018

Hi, I’m thinking of getting an instant pot can you tell me which size you have please x

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    KayTuesday 20th February 2018

    Hi Clare,

    We have both the 6l and 8l, but I have to say I much prefer the 6l.

    Many thanks!

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Vanessa watsonWednesday 14th February 2018

Ghi sharon would it fit in a 3 litre ? Thanks Vanessa

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Anne pittamWednesday 17th January 2018

Hi Sharon how long did it take in the slow cooker please

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SarahWednesday 4th October 2017

Hi, I’m new to the instant pot. Am I able to add dumplings? If so at what stage? Thanks ????

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AngelaWednesday 19th July 2017

How many calories per portion is in this please

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SharonMonday 18th April 2016

I tried this today in my slow cooker and it is delicious … did need a little thickening but only because in a slow cooker you use more liquid I suppose. Also I added sliced mushrooms for the last hour of cooking … yummy. Thank you for sharing your recipe x

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    KayMonday 18th April 2016

    Hi Sharon!

    So glad you liked it! We’ll be putting a few more slow cooking recipes up this week, so keep your eyes peeled.

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